Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee.  G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2015,  370 pages  Reading Level: Young Adults, ages 15 – 18 Recommended for: Ages 16 and up Bottom Line:  The events of one day change Sammy from a moody teenage girl to a fugitive striking out into the west, in an engaging work of historical 

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How Dark is Too Dark?

The Michael J. Prinz medal is awarded every year by the ALA for excellence in YA literature. Excellence, to the ALA, often means edgy, trendy, or outright grim: it’s a sure bet that at least one title in each year’s selection (of one winner and 2 or 3 honor books) will be seriously depressing. This 

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Allegiant: It Was a Book First!

 The Divergent series by Veronica Roth, a self-avowed Christian, lives on as Allegiant hits theaters this week. Below, Hayley reflects Allegiant in book form. Allegiant, by Veronica Roth.  Katherine Tegen Books, 2013, 544 pages.  Age/interest level: 14 – up.   Beginning Divergent, readers have followed the life and decisions of Beatrice, “Tris” Prior in a future Chicago governed by factions.  

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

In most science fiction, technological advances are not shown to advance humanity.   However, it would be tough to find a more negative view of a future world than The 5th Wave, which chronicles an alien attack on our weak and vulnerable planet.  Depressing as it is, the story raises some vital questions about humanity, 

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The 2016 ALA Youth Media Awards–What happened??

As we were saying last Saturday . . . you just can’t predict what the Newbery committee is going to do. Trends have been toward diversity, disability, and difficulty; books that show children in adverse, even desperate circumstances often get Newbery nods. (That’s why I was so sure The Thing about Jellyfish would be on 

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